Both Everton and Tottenham will be pretty pleased with the way they have started the season. For the Toffees, under new management for the first time in over a decade, five victories and just the one defeat from their opening nine fixtures will be especially satisfying while Spurs have accrued one more point from their nine games as they look to plug the gap left by Gareth Bale.
The pair’s Goodison Park showdown certainly looks set to be close then, especially as both teams have lost just once this season, though bookies lend weight to home advantage, Stan James giving Roberto Martinez’s men the nod at 6/4 while the visitors are a 2/1 shot with BetVictor.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to fit a cigarette paper between the pair, who are both likely to adopt a patient approach on Merseyside and consequently, it’s hard to overlook bet365’s generous 12/5 for the spoils to be shared; a result that will leave neither manager disheartened.
Both defences are pretty strong so an abundance of goals seems unlikely, indeed a tally of fewer than 2.5 stands out at 5/6 courtesy of BetVictor, however, punters should still expect a score draw (10/3, bet365) and more specifically, William Hill mark an enticing 6/1 against a 1-1 scoreline.
Similarly, Winner.com’s 4/1 about scores being level at the end of each half isn’t without appeal and for punters intent on a flutter in the ever popular first scorer betting, Romelu Lukaku is the man to follow.
Everton’s loan striker, who enjoyed a fruitful spell at West Brom last term, has struck five times already this term and he’s 11/2 (Paddy Power) to break the deadlock in this one.
Score draw – 10/3 (bet365)